A decision on whether to launch a ground invasion of Gaza has been put off by at least a day, after Israel decided Monday, November 19 to give the Egyptians more time to try to broker a ceasefire with Hamas, Haaretz reported. Tuesday’s talks in Cairo are expected to be decisive. Though there was no breakthrough in the ceasefire talks yesterday, neither side seemed ready to walk away. Israel made it clear to Egypt that it wants a cease-fire in two stages. The first stage is “quiet for quiet” – that is, for Hamas and all the other Palestinian factions in Gaza to stop the projectile fire and other attacks, and for Israel to stop its air bombardments. During the second stage, after a period of several days without violence, Israel would be prepared to discuss a wider-range agreement to maintain calm.